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Posts Tagged ‘UK tax planning’

The future for property

Anyone reading the financial papers over the past few weeks will be thoroughly confused by what is actually happening to property. For a start, are prices rising or falling? The Centre for Economics and Business Research says that by 2015 prices will have risen by 14% to a new all time high. Contrast this with…

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Tax Treaties Anti-Avoidance legislation

N.B. On 9 September 2011 the Government announced that in view of concerns raised it has “decided not to proceed further with the consultation on the proposed legislation and will not include it in Finance Bill 2012.” The recent announcement of the agreement between Swiss and UK authorities in respect of taxation on investments held…

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Historic Swiss-UK tax treaty

After a short delay earlier this year the UK and Swiss authorities have announced an agreement on the treatment of monies held by British Citizens in secret Swiss bank accounts. Still to be signed by both governments and ratified in Parliament, the agreement is expected to come into force in 2013. Within the agreement, the…

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Entrepreneurs Relief for Limited Liability Partnerships

Once thought to be the preserve of businesses such as Solicitors and Accountants, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) are slowing growing in popularity in the wider business sphere. Companies House statistics report that 10,145 new LLP were formed in the UK in the period 2010/11. Being a half way house between partnership and full company status,…

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Relief as additional Enterprise zones announced

The recent Government announcement on the creation of a further eleven Enterprise Zones has been seen as welcome news for businesses, councils and investors alike. At the time of the announcement in the March 2011 Budget that eleven zones were to be created, the Chancellor invited bids for a further ten zones. In all thirty…

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What price the 50% tax rate?

When the previous Government introduced the idea of a 50% top tax tier many predicted that all this would achieve would be a mass exodus of the wealthy from UK shores. Indeed in an article of 13 December 2009, the Sunday Times reported that Britain’s financiers and entrepreneurs were quitting the UK at the rate…

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Tax help for riot-affected businesses

For those businesses affected by last week’s riots, the last thing that they need is to have to deal with questions of tax. Well done then to HMRC who have opened a dedicated help line for all those individuals and businesses affected by the riots. The helpline (0845 366 1207) is to be staffed by…

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Self Assessment

Those with straightforward tax affairs who are paid via PAYE may never have to complete a self assessment tax form. For the rest, including the self employed, company directors, trustees and those with a foreign income completion of an annual self assessment form is a necessity. When it comes to paying tax a few of…

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New projects for the Office of Tax Simplification

The Exchequer Secretary, David Gauke, has written to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) asking them to review three further areas of taxation. The aim of these reviews is to streamline and simplify the process of tax calculations thereby reducing cost and hopefully eliminating the chance of error. The three areas concerned are: Taxation of…

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Balancing charity giving with bequests

One of the “surprises” of the 2011 Budget was the announcement that the Government intended to reward those who leave money to charity after their death. Effectively the Inheritance Tax Charitable Relief scheme allowed those leaving 10% of their estate to charity would receive tax relief of the equivalent amount. The consultation process aimed at…

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